William and Jenny/Jean/Jane ? (Unknown Last Name) Hall
Inlaws of George Berry


     William Hall (1702/1706 - 1772) , the father of Agnes Hall, was born either in County Antrim, northern Ireland or Scotland, and married Jean/Jane/Jennie ? (unknown last name) around 1730. Although the evidence is circumstantial, her maiden name might be Collier. Jean (~1710 - ?) is believed to have been born in Ulster, Northern Ireland.129, While the location of their marriage is unknown, all of their children are believed to have been born in America. The Hall family settled originally in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania after having emigrated from Scotland or northern Ireland through Philadelphia. They later moved to Augusta County, Virginia, although after several county reorganizations, their homestead ended up being in Rockbridge County.129 William and Jane Hall can be traced through Augusta and Botetourt County records from 1742 through 1778 from a series of land purchases, and various court actions.21,56 Both William and Jane Hall are believed to have died in Virginia.129 On 17 December 1772, William Hall wrote his will, naming, among others, his daughter Agnes Berry, and her husband George Berry. William Hall must have passed away not long after that, because his will was presented to the Botetourt County court on 8 February 1773 for execution.129,132 The estate was eventually appraised at a value of 188£ and 8 shillings.129 Augusta County, Virginia records from the fall of 1778 note that George Berry served as an executor of William's estate, indicating five years of delay in the settlement of William Hall's will,21 which may suggest that there may have been an objection from one of the other heirs.124 While the date of Jenny Hall's death is unknown, both were buried in the cemetery of the New Monmouth Presbyterian, in Rockbridge County, Virginia.129


Timeline of William and Jenny/Jean/Jane ? (Unknown Last Name) Hall



1742 Augusta County, Virginia Muster Rolls
Captain John Buchanan's List
John Buchanan, Captain; Will Evins, Lieutenant; Josef Catton, Ensign; John Mitchell, Sergeant; Joseph Kanada, James Cooke, Charles Donocho, Solo Moffett, Jas. Sunderlin, Will Sayers, John Dyche, Rob. Catton, Charles Gamble, Sam Walker, Alex. Walker, John Walker, Joseph Walker, Cha. Hays, And. Martin, John Edmoston, Jas. Robinson, Ths. Duchart, Will Quinn, Thomas Williams, Jab Anderson, Joh Anderson, James Anderson, Isaac Anderson, And. Hays, John McCroserce, Will Buchanan, Rich. Courser, Sam Dunlap, Will Lonchrage, Rob. Dunlap, Jams Ecken, Will McCantes, John Moor, Will Moor, David Moor, Alex. Moor, And. Moor, Will Mitchel, Nathn. Evins, John Stephenson, James Eken, Jas. Greenlee, John Paul, Mat. Lyle, Joh. Gray, Ths. McSpedan, Joh. Mathews, Will Armstrong, Rob. Huddon, Will Hall, Sam. Gray, Isaac Taylor, Michael O'Docherty, Sam McClewer, Edw. Boyle, Will Humphrey, Nathn. McClewer, John Philip Weaver
Captain John McDowell's List
John McDowell, Captain, James McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, David Breeden, Alex. McClewer, John McClewer, Halbert McClewer, Sam McRoberts, Thomas Taylor, John McKnab, And. McKnab, Thos. Whiteside, Malco Whiteside, John Aleson, David Bires, Alex. McClure, Moses McClure, John Gray, Patt McKnabb, William Hall, John Miless, Wm. Miles, James Hardiman, Charles Quail, Wm. Wood, Hen. Kirkham, Gilbert Gamble, James Gamble, Rob. Young, Math, Young, __ Long, ___ Long, James More, Hugh Cuningham, James Cuningham, John Cares, Frances McCowan, Hum. Beaker, John Peter Salley, Mitch. Miller, Loromor Mason, John Matthews, John Cosier, Irwin Patterson, Edward Patterson, Joseph Finney, Michael Finney, Sam Wood, Rich. Wood, Joseph Lapsley
Captain James Gill's List
James Gill Captain, John Dobbin, Lieutenant, Wm. Sharrel, Bons Harding, Wm. Welling, John Johnson, John Wilkins, George Furbush, Barnabee McHenry, Rick Dictum, Dan Murley, Nicolas Brock, Martin Shoemaker, John Howlain, And. Holman, George Legler, Joseph Dunham, Timothy Taylor, George Willes, Sam Brown, John Cumberland, Sam Beason, James Spencer, Wm. Hall, Wm. McClain, Michael Brock, Thos. West, Wm. Sames, Cornelius Murley, Nicol Cain, Henery Brock, John Fisher, Thos. Wilkins, Joseph Harding, John Ryal, Abram Dunblederey, Riley Moor, Fraderich Brock, John McClairn, William Sharrle, Sr, William Sharrle, Jr.

08 April 174321

District Court (List of Deeds recorded in Orange County executed by Benjamin Borden, 1734-1745)
William Hall

21 Nov. 174621

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book I, page 136
Jurymen--Wm. Hall, John Macom

01 April 174721

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book I, page 191
Examination of Rebecca Buchanan for murder. She was so sick, trial deferred until May Court. Mary Ann Campbell, Ruth Buchanan and Rebecca Buchanan, the other criminals, be committed for trial till May Court. Rebecca Hays, Isabella Taylor, Sarah Paxton, Elizabeth Davis, Mary McClung, Agnes Gray, Esther Lyle, Agnis McClure, Catherine McNabb, Jane Hall, Prudence Campbell, Elizabeth McCroskie and Hannah Miller appeared and their husbands recognized that they appear at May Court to testify against Rebecca Buchanan, Jr., and Senr., Mary Ann Campbell and Ruth Buchanan. John Carmichael also recognized. 

20 May 174721

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book I, page 192
Trial of Rebecca Buchanan, Jr., on suspicion of murder and Rebecca Buchanan Sr, Mary Ann Campbell, Ruth Buchanan, alias Carmickell on suspicion of being accessories. All acquitted except Rebecca Jr, who was committed for trial at Williamsburg. same date,Thos. Paxton, James McClung, Isaac Taylor, Gilbert Campbell, Wm. Hall and Andrew McNabb recognized that their wives, as above, appear as witnesses; William Lusk in behalf of Agnis Gray; Sam Davis in behalf of his mother, Eleanor Davis; Moses McClure in behalf of his mother, Agness McClure; Andrew Hays in behalf of his mother, Rebecca Hays; Silas Hart in behalf of Esther Lyle. Acknowledged themselves as above. Wm. Henry acknowledged as above.

28 Jan. 1748/4921

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 2, page 129
John and Mary McNabb (his wife) to Arthur McClure. Mille Creek; corner James Thompson; corner Robert Galloway 
Teste: Andrew McNabb, Wm. Hall, Gilbert Campbell. 
Delivered to John Wilson, 30th April, 1751

12 April 174821

Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 14
Processioners' Returns: Robert Huston and Alex. McClure: Processioned for Wm. Hall, Robert Allison present; 20th January, 1747-8, processioned for John McNab, Baptist McNab present; 20th January 1747-8, processioned for Robert Huston; 28th January, 1747-8, processioned for Charles Hays, Andrew Hays present; processioned for Wm. Givens, Andrew Hays present; 29th January, 1747-8, processioned for John Stevenson, Andrew Stevenson present; 29th January, 1747-8, processioned for Andrew Baxter, Nathaniel Evans present; 29th January 1747-8, processioned for Alex. McCleary, Moses Whiteside present; 30th January, 1747-8, processioned for Mathew Lyle, John Lyle present; 30th January, 1747-8, processioned for John Gray, Mathew Lyle present; 12th February, 1747-8, processioned for John Pater Sally, Michael Finney present; 10th March, 1747-8, processioned for John Paul, Roger Kays present. 


Augusta County, Virginia Tax Levy Delinquents
Wm. Hall, twice charged

23 May 175021

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 729
John Collier and Sisely to William Hall. Delivered: Jos. Hall, February, 1755. 212 acers on Buffalo Creek whereon John now lives. The Shipp Rock; corner Arthur Brown. 
Teste: Tobias Smith, William Lusk, Patrick Deavis.

08 Feb. 1750/5121

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 1, page 318
James Randall's appraisement, by Wm. Hall, Robert Allison, Nathaniel McClure

18 Feb. 175121

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 3, page 169
James Moore and Jean, his wife, to Alex. McClure, 163 acres on North Br. of James where Francis Allison lives. 
Teste: Wm. Hall and Robert Allison. James Thompson 

18 Nov. 175221

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 5, page 46
Same (i.e. James Patton) to Wm. Hall, 100 acres by patent as above. Buffalo Creek of James; corner Wm Hall

21 Mar. 175321

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 3, page 415
Joseph Long and James Young, overseers, with Robert Young, Joseph Long, Samuel Gibson, Solomon Whitley, John Collier, William Hall, Gilbert Crawford, George Gibson, John Ruckman, Thomas Burton, Wm. Wadington, Wm. Brown, James Moore, John Hanna, James Huston, Wm. Todd, James Bats, James Todd, James Young, Patrick Young, John Carr, and James Campbell -- keep the road from Joseph Long's Mill to James Youngs Mill, thence to the Great Road on James Thompsons Plantation.

13 June 175321

Augusta County, Virginia Court Judgements, page 439
Petition for road from Joseph Long's mill to James Young's mill and by William Hall's, on the North River, and into the Great Road on James 440 Thompson's plantation. It is our course to meeting, mill and market. John Carr, James Campbell, Robert Young, Joseph Long, Samuel Gibson, Solomon Whitly, John Collyer, William Hall, Gilbert Crawford, George Gibson, John Ruckman, James Barton, William Waddington, William Brown, James Moore, John Hanna, James Hutton, William Todd, James Bates, James Foot, James Young, Patrick Young. 

22 Nov. 175321

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 2, page 5
Thomas Reedy's bond as administrator of John Richman, with sureties John Collier, William Hall

27 Nov. 175521

Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 159
Malcom Allen and John Bowen, on north side James River from mouth of Cowpasture down to mouth of Purgatory. Robert Looney, Jr., and John Mills, Looney's Creek and waters thereof. Robert Rennick and John Mathews, Jr., from James River to Buffelow Creek, below the old Great Road. William Hall and Henry Kirkum, on Purgatory and the south west side of Buffelow to the head above the Waggon Road to the Mountain.

27 Nov. 175521

Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 160
(Processioners designated) Robert Young and James Davis, on north and east side of Buffelow Creek, and up the North River to the Mountain. Abraham Brown and William Holdman, on north east side Buffelow Creek below Wagon Road, thence down the North River to mouth of South River, thence, crossing North River and down the same to mouth of Buffelow. David Dryden and River William Hall, in Cap. Joseph Kennedy's Company. Andrew Hays and Jacob Anderson in Capt. Joseph Culton's Company.


Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 151
David Dryden and Wm. Hall processioned as follows, viz: For Moses McClure, for Alex McClure, for Ro. Allison, for Moses Trimble, for Robert Huston, for Samuel Lyle, for David Dryden, for Archd. Alexander, for Thos. McSpadden, for Mathew Lyle, for Thomas Paxton, Joyner; for Isaac Taylor; for Jno Davison, for Jno Robison, for Reynold's Orphans; for Nathaniel McClure, for William Hall, for Wm. Caruthers, for Samuel Gray, for John Maky, for Baptist McKnab, for Jno Lowery, for Widow McCleary, for Thos Paxton, for Moses Whiteside, for John Stevenson, for Wm. Lusk, for John Allison, for Jno Dule (Lyle?), for John McClure, for Moses McClure, for Danill Dyle (Lyle?).

May 175621

County Court Judgments
(B) Hall vs Fleming -- Deposition of John Collyer. William Hall was Collyer's brother in law. William Hall's wife said that she took in John Fleming, the defendant's (William Fleming) son for charity at the time he had smallpox.

17 May 175621

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 310
Borden's executors to James Campbell, £5.10, 434 acres, part of 92100 on North Branch James joining to James Young's land, mouth of Whistle Creek. Cor. James Young; cor. James Campbell's land. 
Teste: Joseph Lapesley (Lapsley ?), Wm. Hall


Augusta Parish Vestry Book, page 171
Processioned by Henry Kirkum and William Hall, viz: For Samuel Gipson, for Paul Whitley, for John Mitchell, for Michael Daugherty, for Henry Kirkum, for Joseph Long, for James Gilmore, for John and Alex. Walker, for John Batty.

11 Nov. 175721

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 503
Borden's executors to David Wallace. £3.10, 200 acres, part of 92100; cor. James McNabb's 
Teste: Jno. Mills, Wm. Hall
Delivered: David Wallace, November, 1763 

11 Nov. 175821

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 8, page 58
William ( ) Hall and Jane ( ) to Andrew Hall, 100£, 280 acres on North Branch in Borden's tract, and conveyed by Borden 8th April, 1743. 
Teste: Geo Campbell, Robt. Cowan. Delivered Wm. Hall 1762

11 Nov. 175821

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 8, page 65
Andrew Hall to Wm. Hall, £50, 110 acres, the tract where James Young formerly lived, including James Young's mill in Fork of James, crossing Whistle Creek; corner Patrick Young

13 Aug. 175921

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 7, page 229
Borden's executors to Samuel and John McMurtrey. Benjamin, Jr., agreed to sell to grantees 292 acres for £3, part of 92,100; corner to place surveyed for Wm. Hall. but now Bordin's, Young's line; corner James Young and the Brisley Hill place. 
Teste: James McDowell. 

15 July 1760247

Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, Patents No. 34, page 575
William Hall, Augusta County, 115 a. At a place called Todd's Spring in the fork of the James River.

10 Feb 176121

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 9, page 172
Borden's executors to William Hall £ (blank), 150 acres of 92100; cor Halbert McClure, Samuel McMurtry's line, Mary Anne Crawford's line.
Delivered William Hall, August 1762

04 April 176121

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 3, page 16
Patrick Young's will--Wife, Esibala (Isabella) and Joseph Walker, executors; son, James; 3 daughters, Sarah, Jannet and Allas. 
Teste: Wm. Hall, Jas. Campbell, Saml. McMurty. 
Proved, 19th May, 1761, by the witnesses. 
Executors qualify, with John Bowyer, Jno. Collier, James McKee. Isabella's mark ( )

09 June 176121

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 3, page 64
Patrick Young's appraisement, by Richd. Woods, Wm. Hall, John Paxton, John Wiley 

29 June 176121

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 3, page 109
William Brown's estate, appraised by John Summers, Wm. Hall, Jas. Davis

13 May 176221

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 10, page 416
Borden's executors to Samuel Todd, £12, 200 acres, part of 92100; cor. Wm. Hall; cor. to the Meeting House; cor. James Campbell's new survey, Samuel McMurtry's line. 
Teste: Benj. Hawkins. Alex. Collyer, Samuel McMurtry
Delivered: Richard Williamson, 26th May, 1774

18 Nov. 176221

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 3, page 196
Joseph Walker and Isabella Young's settlement of estate of Patrick Young. Recorded. Paid John Law, Jno. Taylor, Thos. Stuart, Jno. Hall and Saml. McMurty, James Todd, Gilbert Crawford, Stephen Orson, Jno. Hickman, David Dryden, Hugh Cunningham, 
Ro. McElhenny, Wm. Hall. Sale bill to Jno. Collier. Jas. Davis, Andrew Hall, Jas. O'Bryan, Saml. McMurty, Geo. Gibson, Isabella Young.

07 June 176321

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 11, page 276
Borden's executors to Alexander Govouck (McGuffy), £3, 100 acres, part of 92,100 on Walker's Creek opposite James Coulter's lower corner; corner Wm. Robinson. 
Teste: Wm. Hall, Richard Crump
Delivered to James McGuffey, one of the heirs of the said McGuffy this 16th October, 1806 

11 June 176321

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 1, page 281
Borden's executors to William Hall, £26, 346 acres, part of 92,100; line of said Hall's old survey; corner said Hall's old land called Crawfords.


Augusta County, Virginia Parish Vestry Records, page 383
John Paxton and Abraham _____ report as follows, viz:
For Joseph Walker, for Jno. Sommers, for Robt. Moore, for Saml. McClure, for Saml. Moore, for Jno. Taylor, for Christian Milliron, for Edmond Crump, for James Welch, for Wm. Paxton, for James Davis, for James Allison, for Richard Woods, for Joseph Lapsley, for James Campbell, for John Paxton, for William Hall, for George Campbell, for James Trimble, for Wm. Foster, for William Holeman, for James Bailey, for Andw. Brown, for James Edmiston, for James McLang, for John McKnight, for John
McCallom, for Patrick McCallom, for Peter Wallace, for John Moore, for Abraham Brown.


Augusta County, Virginia Parish Vestry Records, page 385
Processioned by Collier and McCampbell, viz: For William McCamey, for Jno. Beatty (Samuel Norrad present), for Solomon Whitley, for Wm. Gilmore, for Robt. Erwin, for Jno. McKee, for Andw. McCampbell, for Henry Kirkham, for Edward Fairies, for James Campbell, for Alex. Deal, for John Gilmore, for Moses Cunningham for Robt. Hamilton, for James McCalster, for Hugh Cunningham, for George McConne; for Wm. Moore, Michael Kirkham present; for James Young, for Robert McKelhenny, for Margery Crawford, for Saml. Todd, for Rob. Young, for James Hutton, for James Todd, for George Gibson for Alex. Collier, for Jno. Hanna, for Robt. Talford, for Robt. McHenry, for David Talford, for William Hall, for John McMurtrey, for James Davies, for Robt. McKee, for Jno. Somers, for Jno. Huston, for Jno. Wylie, for Jno. McConne, for Archd. Buchanan, for Wm. Porter, for Jno. Wieley.

16 Sept. 1765247

Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, Patents No. 36, page 885
William Hall, Augusta County, 390 a. On the branches of James River.

16 Sept. 1765247

Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, Patents No. 36, page 886
William Hall, Augusta County, 500 a. On Cedar Creek a branch of James River.

20 May 176621

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 10, page 154
James Cloyd appointed surveyor from lower end of John Bowyer's plantation of James River by Cedar Bridge to Matthews Road, to work these tithables: Of Christopher Vineyard, John and William Hall, John Logan, James Skidmore, Geo. Wilson, John Berry, John Jones, James McClure, Mathew Hair, John Bowyer, George Skillern and Conrad Wall.

23 August 176621

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 13, page 79
William ( ) Hall, Sr. to William Hall, his son, 20£, 175 acres, part of two tracts of land, one containing 390 acres and the other containing 500 acres, both patented to William, 16th Sept 1761, on Cedar Creek in forks of James River; corner John Hall, David Cloyd's line.
Delivered John Buchanan, 13th March 1772.

20 Nov. 176621

page 123 
William ( ) Hall to Nathaniel Hall, his son, 40£, 246 acres. 
Teste: James Simson, Wm. Gillespy. Delivered: Nathaniel Hall, 27th Dec 1785.


Augusta County, Virginia Parish Vestry Records, page 428
Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell, Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beveriey's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's. William Kennady, Robt. Steel, Archibald Reach, William Reach, John Thompson (James's son), Henry McClung, from North River to Beverley's Line between the Great Road to the Court House by Cap. McDowell's and to North Mountain. William McFeeters, Jr., George Berry, James Sawyers, Jr., William Bell, Jr., from Burden's line to the Road that goes from Staunton to Jenning's Gap on the North Side of Kennady's Road.

15 Mar. 176721

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 14, page 123
Robert Poage to Robert Poage, his son, £20, 150 acres on Back Creek, a branch of Roanoke, at a place called the Forks, patented to Robert 20th June, 1749. 
Teste: John Buchanan, William ( ) Hall, Robert Bellshe. 
Delivered: Robert Poage, May, 1770

02 December 176721

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 15, page 9
William ( ) Hall to John Hall, 10 pounds, 415 acres on Cedar Creek in Forks of James; corner William Hall, Jr. William Poage's line; corner David Cloyd; corner William Hall,
Teste: Richard Woods, James Campbell, William Mckee.

15 March 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book No. 14, page 373
William ( ) Hall and Jean ( ) to William Logan, 50£, 300 acres in Forks of James River; corner William Hall and David Cloyd. 
Teste: Samuel Kirkham, Daniel Evans, Hugh Logan.

16 Mar. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 11, page 504
Road to be viewed by Peter Wallace, Saml. Wallace, James McNabb and Halbert McClure, from William Hall's Mill to Wm. McKee's

18 Mar. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Parish Vestry Records, page 432
Vestry met. William McElheny and Paul Whitley appointed processioners vice John Maxwell and Jonathan Whitley. Robert Moor appointed processioner vice William Hall; Andw. Buchanan appointed processioner vice Wm. Reach; Peter Evans appointed processioner vice Nathl. Evans; John Anderson, Jr., appointed processioner vice John Young, Jr.; James Belshey appointed processioner vice John Frazier; Jno. Harrison Jr., appointed processioner vice John McDonnald; Alex. Hamilton appointed processioner vice William Elliott, who is unfit through age and infirmity. The processioners exempted above are such as have served before or such as the Vestry judges unqualified

18 Mar. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Parish Vestry Records, page 450
Processioned by Wm. McElhenny and Paul Whitley: For Samuel Walker, John Maxfield, Wm. McClenachan, David Cloid, Edley Paul, James Cloid, William Hall, Christian Vingard, John Bouers, John Logan, Benj. Estill, Wm. McElhenny, Henry Bouns (Bonns), Henry Cartmel, Samuel Gibson, James Bates, Paul Whitley, Jonathan Whitley, Wm. Logan.

21 May 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Order Book 12, page 175
Constable: William Hall, vice Samuel Walker

22 Nov. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Miscellaneous Papers
Commitment to jail by Richard Woods of two Negroes, George and Pall, for robbing the house of William Hall, together with George Henricks

02 Aug. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 15, page 102
James Campbell and Elizabeth ( ) to Charles Kirkpatrick, £92, 253 acres on Whistle Creek in Forks of James, mouth of said Creek; corner Patrick Young, Hall's Mill; corner James Crawford. 
Teste: John Bowyer, R. Alexander, Jr., Pat. ( ) Doney, John Paxton. 
Delivered: John Kirkpatrick, 4th January, 1772

10 Aug. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 15, page 89
Henry Long to William Logan, £250, 200 acres on Buffalo Creek of James River
Teste: Patrick Brown, Wm. McClenachan, Wm. Hall
Delivered: John Logan, 28th May, 1788

15 Aug. 176821

Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 15, page 73
William ( ) Hall and Jenny ( ), of Fork of James, to John Millican, of ditto, £10, 100 acres in Forks of James; corner another survey of William Hall's; Crawford's corner. 
Teste: Nathaniel McClure. James and Andrew Hall, Wm. McKee.
Delivered: Jno. McElhany, 23d May, 1784

17 Aug. 176921

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 4, page 237
By cash from, viz (apparently in payment of piece of land belonging to Col. Patton's estate): Robt. Armstrong, Wm. Foster. Michl. Dougherty, Danl. Droudy, James Wiley (by James Davies), James Campbell. Wm. Preston (in part for Dayley's and Wat. Welshe's bond whose lands he purchased), David Robinson (part of William and James Gorrel's debt), Wm. Ingles (on Jno. Medley's bond), Alex. Dall, John Thompson, John Robinson, Hugh Mills, John Stephenson, Wm. Patterson, Wm. Buchanan, Augustine Price, Jacob Shull, Philip Harless, Michl. Price, James Kerr, Jno. Craig, Edd. Hall, James Coyle, Wm. Sawyers, James Davies (on Wm. Hall's bond), Pat. Sharkey, James Moore, James Armstrong, James Neeley (on Moore's bond), James Hollis, Danl. Brown, Adam Wall, Wm. Sawyers (account of Saml. Crockett's heirs), Thos. Henry (rent of land in Louisa), Pat McCollom, Casper Barrier, Henry Brown, John Sprout, Michl. Finney. Wm. Ingles, Robt. Galloway, Isaac Taylor, Neil McNeil, Wm. Carven, Wm. Ralston, Dr. Walker (for Tobias Bright), Jno. Collier, Jno. Smiley, Jno. McClure, Wm. Fleming, David Kinkead, Wm. Graham, James Scraggs, Jno. Armstrong (for Geo. Reed's bond), Jacob Brown, John Draper (for land sold since death of Col. Patton). Robert Armstrong for a tract called McCord Mill sold since Col. Patton's death. 

23 Sept. 176921

Augusta County, Virginia Will Book 4, page 378
Robert Allison's estate appraised by William Hall, Joseph Walker

08 May 177056

At a court held for Botetourt County
William Hall proved certif. Accdg. To law for six hundred and seventy five pounds of hemp which is certified to his Excellency the Governor

12 May 1770247

Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, Patents No. 38, page 898
William Hall, Augusta County, 45 a. In the fork of James River joining his former survey.


Botetourt County, Virginia Tithables 1770-1771
A list ot tithables taken from the north side of Buffalo Creek to the County Line and from mountain to mountain for the year 1771, James Trimble's district
William Hall 1/7

13 March 177156

At a court continued and held for Botetourt County
John Kelley Plff. Vs Arthur Campbell Deft. In Case
This day came the parties by their attorneys, & thereupon came also a jury towit: William McBride, Moses Collier, Robert Bowen, Reese Bowen, Henry Paulin, John Hanna, Thomas Rowland, William Rowland, Nathaniel Evans, Hugh Bartley, William Hall and John Jackson retd. Verdict that deft. Is not guilty. Jufgt. Accdgly. & that deft. Recover of plff. His costs by him about his defence in this behalf expended.

27 Dec. 1772132

Botetourt County, Virginia Will Book A, page 21
In the name of God Amen. Wheras I William Hall of Botetourt Co. and Colony of Virginia, being in a low state of health and calling to mind the Mortality of the Body and the uncertainity of life. I hereby make this my last will and testament commiting my soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Dust to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the descretion of my Executors hereafter nominated and appointed and as to such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with. I dispose of in the manner and form following.
Imprimis I will and bequeath to my well beloved wife Jean two good cows, one bay horse, saddle and bridle, two beds, bedsteads and furniture, one young wench named Moll, twenty pounds Virginia currency, one half of my hogs, all my wheat, hay and corn and ruff fodder now on the plantation. Her living on the plantation her lifetime. One chest, two potts and bails, half my peuter, one Bible. In time, I will and desire the remaining part of my estate personal and real to be sold at publick vendew as soon as convenient.
In time, I will and desire the remaining part of my estate to be equally divided among my beloved children viz: Andrew Hall, Agnes Berry, John Hall, Isable Buchanan, William Hall, Nathanial Hall, James Hall.
In time, I will and appoint my well beloved son, Andrew Hall and my well beloved son George Berry to execute this my last will and Testament and I do hereby renounce revoke and disannul all former wills and Testaments given by me either by words or writing heretofore and this to be my last will and Testament and none other given under my hand and seal this twenty seven day December one thousand seven hundred and seventy two.
Signed and sealed and delivered in presence of}
Joseph Walker
John Thompson William Hall (his mark)
Andrew Mackinley

08 Feb. 1773132

Botetourt County, Virginia Will Book A, page 21
At a court held for Botetourt County the 8th of February 1773 this instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of William Hall deceased, was presented in court by Andrew Hall and George Berry the executors herein named and proved by the oaths of John Thompson and Andrew Mackinley hereto ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executors who made oath according to law, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate hereof in due form where upon they entered into and acknowledged their bond with Duke Boyer and James Hall, their securities in the sum of one thousand pound conditioned as the law directs.

20 Nov. 1779124

George Berry of Augusta County and Andrew Hall, executors of the estate of William Hall, deceased, to Rev. William Graham for 50£, 110 acres in the forks of the James River crossing Whisels Creek, next to Patrick ?
Signed: George Berry, Andrew Hall
Recorded 4 April 1780
Witnesses: Charles Campbell, Robert Wardlaw, Maryann Campbell, Elizabeth Downey, Samuel Campbell

April 180321

Augusta County, Virginia Judgements
John Scott vs Valentine Miller -- Rockbridge, hundrend and twenty acres. Patent by Henry Lee to Peter Wiley 6th January 1792, 120 acres adjoining Smith Williams and Jane Gilmore on Collier's Creek, corner to Valentine Williams, 100 acres in Forks of James, corner James David, Smith Williams. Recorded in Botetourt: Deed, James Patton to Wm. Hall, recorded 20th November, 1752. Will, Henry Kirkham. Deed, 10th December 1783, Richd. Williamson and Ann, of Rockbridge, to Smith Williamson of same county, 100 acres, corner Smith Wiliams; recorded in Rockbridge. Deed, 23d February, 1771, Jno. Kirkham of Botetourt, to Richard Williams. Deed 2d November 1791, Smith Williamson, of Wilks County, George, to Thos. Scott of Rockbridge, 116 acres on Collier's Creek, Whiteoaks, near the Ship Rock; recorded in Rockbridge.

03 June 181521

Augusta County, Virginia Judgements, Causes Ended, page 202
Hall vs. Border--OS 267, N. S. 94--Orator is Samuel Hall, infant by Robert Gold, next friend. In 1741 or 1742, William Hall, orator's grandfather, purchased of Borden 353 acres in 92,100. In April, 1743, Borden conveyed to William by deed recorded in Orange. In 1758, William and wife Jean conveyed to oldest son and heir Andrew Hall. Orator's father, Andrew, made his will 1798, devising to Samuel a claim vs Borden for a deficiency. James Hall, a son of William, deposes 3d June 1815. John Kirpatrick deposes, 1815, has known William's family 30 to 40 years; his father and William were neighbors. Andrew Hall lived on North River, until his death, in a large bend in the river opposite mouth of Whistle Creek. Samuel Ramsey's tract lay on lower side.

Analysis of the Timeline

     William Hall can be traced fairly continuously for 30 years via Augusta and Botetourt County records from 1742 to his death in 1772. Several county court entries after his death deal mostly with the dispersal of his estate. The first entries in Augusta County, Virginia record his membership in the local militia in 1742 (Table V), although it is quite possible that one or more of these entries may refer to his son. The lists, themselves, verify the presence of William Hall in the Augusta County area, but what is intriguing is that his name appears on three lists (Captains John Buchanan, James Gill and John McDowell). Captain Buchanan and McDowell's lists are, essentially, a sampling of landowners in the Borden Grant. Of the 65 names listed in Buchanan's list, 30 can be found as landowners on the Borden map (Figure 8/Table II). Many of these names, however, are not listed as landowners until after 1742 with some of them recorded as purchasing land in the early 1750s. In addition, 13 of the names appear to be either sons or fathers of landowners. Captain McDowell's list contains 50 names, 12, of which, can be shown to be Borden landowners. At least seven more of the names probably represent either sons or fathers of landowners, since they are either listed along with a known landowner or have the same surname as a nearby landowner. Captain Gill's list probably represents landowners outside of the Beverley and Borden grant areas. While it is not entirely clear why William Hall's name appears on more than one list, there are two possible options. It could be that the militias were called up for short periods of time, and reformed each time they were needed. On the other hand, maybe William Hall owned property in each of the areas of responsibility of these militia captains.

      The next entry represents a purchase of Borden Grant land in the spring of 1743, and this property can be found on the Borden map (Figure 8) in a large meander of the Maury River. In the fall of 1746 William served on a jury, and in the late spring of 1747, his wife served as a witness in a local murder trial. The wives of Thomas Paxton, James McClung and Gilbert Campbell, all of whom can be found on the Borden map, were also listed in this entry as witnesses. The last entry for the 1740s notes William Hall, as well as a neighbor, Gilbert Campbell as testators in a land sale.

      In the first entry for the 1750s, William Hall was listed twice as being late in paying his property taxes. In May of 1750 he purchased 212 acres of land on Buffalo Creek, which is the next drainage to the southwest of the Borden Grant (Figures 10 and 11). The purchase was from John Collier, who was identified in another Augusta County court entry as being William's brother in law.21 At the present time, the exact location of this property cannot be determined, although it is interesting to note that there is a Collier Creek in the headwaters of Buffalo Creek. In the winter of 1751, William, along with a neighbor, Robert Allison (whose property can also be found on Figure 8), helped appraise the estate of James Randall, and about a week later, William Hall and Robert Allison served as testators in another land deal. The next entry is for the following November when William purchased more land on the Buffalo River, apparently adjacent to the earlier purchase from his brother in law. 

      1753 appears to have witnessed a spate of road building throughout the area, for William Hall was listed, as were many of his contemporaries that year, as a landowner and charged with building and maintaining a road between James Young's Mill and Joseph Long's Mill and on to the Great Wagon Road. James Young's Mill can be located near the mouth of Whistle Creek across the Maury (James/North) River from William Hall's Borden property, but the location of Joseph Long's Mill is unknown.21 Some of the names on the March 1753 entry appear to include landowners along Buffalo Creek (where John Collier lived), so it seems that this drainage (or a tributary) would be a likely place for that mill. The Great Wagon Road, which is depicted on Figure 8, served as a conduit for Scotch-Irish migration from Pennsylvania up the Shenandoah valley, and can be found on the map (Figure 8), snaking across the Borden Tract not far from William Hall's property. Several of the other names mentioned in these 1753 entries can be found on the Borden map as landowners (Figure 8), for example, James Young, James Huston/Houston and James Campbell. John Collier (William's brother in law)21, Samuel and George Gibson and William Brown can be documented as owning land in the vicinity in the late 1770s and early 1780s, and may have owned land on Buffalo Creek.124 Also, although there is no land for a James Thompson on the Borden map, a John Thompson appears as a neighbor of William Hall. In June of 1753, the road is discussed again, where it's importance in communication and commerce is mentioned. For the most part, the same names from the March 1753 entry are charged with keeping the road maintained. In the fall of 1753, William Hall and his brother in law, John Collier, provided surety bonds in an estate administration case.

      The next series of entries are parish vestry records, which were discussed in some detail earlier in the report. The first entry defines the processioning districts, and William Halls' area is described as lying between Purgatory Creek to the south and west of Buffalo Creek from the Great Wagon Road to the mountains (Figures 10 and 11). The next entry designates additional processioners in adjacent areas with William Hall being listed as being in Captain Joseph Kennedy's Company. Joseph Kennedy purchased Borden land in 1752 at the northern end of the Borden tract. The final parish vestry record in this series represents a listing of the properties that were processioned in William Hall's district. Many of the names in this entry, such as Moses, Alexander and Nathaniel McClure, Robert Huston, Thomas McSpadden, Thomas Paxton, Lowry, Moses Whiteside, William Lusk, David Dryden and John Dule/Lyle, can be found on the Borden Tract Map as landowners along or near the Great Wagon Road (Figure 8/Table II). Others, such as Samuel and Matthew Lyle, Archibald Alexander, Isaac Taylor, John Davidson and John Robinson can be shown to have owned land in the vicinity by at least the late 1770s.124The landowners in this parish record are concentrated in the southern portion of the Borden tract.

     In May of 1756, the court case of Hall vs Fleming involves the Hall family taking in a member of the Fleming family, that, unbeknownst to the Halls, had smallpox. William Hall's wife, Jenny, apparently made a deposition, and John Collyer (Collier), who is, here, described as William Hall's brother in law, also made a statement in the case. There are several possible ways that John Collier could have been a brother-in-law of William Hall. He could have married William Hall's sister; he could be the brother of William's wife or the husband of his wife's sister. While no definitive evidence has been discovered to ascertain which interpretation is correct, another Rockbridge County deed record notes that John Collier's wife is named "Jean", which pretty much eliminates the last possibility.124 If the second option is true, then the maiden name of William Hall's wife was Jean/Jane Collyer.

      In the spring of 1756, James Campbell purchased Borden land on the North branch of the James River at the mouth of Whistle Creek and adjacent to James Young's land. William Hall served as a testator. This property, along with the 1756 date, can be identified as property 172 in Figure 8 and 
Table II. A little over a year later, William Hall served as a testator when David Wallace purchased 200 acres of Borden land. This property can be found in the northern portion of the Borden tract (property number 17 in Figure 8) near the properties of William and Charles Berry. William and Jane Hall started selling off their land to their sons at the end of this decade. The 1758 sale to their son Andrew Hall involved a 280-acre chunk of the 353 acres that William had purchased from Borden in 1743. The land is described as being on the North Branch, which was also known as the James River. George Campbell is listed as a testamentary, and, although he is not listed as a landowner on the Borden map, there is a Gilbert and a James Campbell nearby. It is interesting to note that on the same day, Andrew Hall sold a 110-acre tract of land to William Hall. This land constituted at least part of the property where James Young had his mill on Whistle Creek, and was right across the river from the above land sale. The last entry for the 1750s records a 292-acre land sale to Samuel and John McMurtrey. This property can be found on Figure 8 and Table II with the 1759 date. Apparently William Hall had surveyed this land, but it had somehow reverted to Borden. Another property owned by James Young (and identifiable on the Borden map) bordered this land. There appears to have been some boundary disputes in this area, which are probably related to errors in the original Borden survey in this area. Most of the Borden boundary matches quite well with current USGS (United  States Geological Survey) 7 1/2 minute quadrangle maps, but this part of the Borden tract does not, which could well explain the property boundary problems.

      In the summer of 1760 William Hall purchased 115 acres on Todd's Spring Creek, a tributary of Buffalo Creek that can be found on the Borden map (Figure 8). Since the property appears to be out of the Borden tract, it's exact location cannot be determined at this time. In the winter of 1761, he purchased an additional 150 acres from Borden, which is described as bordering Halbert McClure, Samuel McMurtrey and Mary Anne Crawford's properties. From a check of the Borden map there are two possible locations for this land. In 1746 Halbert McClure purchased 203 acres adjacent to William Hall's original Borden property along the James/North/Maury River. Two adjacent chunks of property are owned by Samuel Todd and John McMurtrey just across the river and adjacent to a 1763 Borden purchase by William Hall. The Crawford name does not appear on the Borden map, but a 1778 Rockbridge County deed records notes that Crawford owned land adjacent to Halbert McClure and John McMurty, which appears to confirm the second location.124 In the spring of 1761, a neighbor, Patrick Young passed away, and William Hall served as a testator for the will along with his neighbors James Campbell, James McKee and Samuel McMurty. All of their properties can be located on the Borden map. Several months later William Hall was involved in the appraisal of Patrick Young's estate. Two of the other appraisers, John Wiley and Richard Woods, owned several chunks of Borden land nearby, as shown on the Borden Grant map. Later that same month, William Hall and John Summers (another Borden landowner on the map) appraised the estate of William Brown. A year later in the spring of 1762, Samuel Todd purchased land adjacent to land owned by William Hall, and bordering several other neighbors that can be found on the Borden map (James Campbell, Samuel McCurtrey). While the acreage numbers don't match, there is a land tract with the Todd name in that vicinity on the Borden map. This transaction also describes the location of a meeting house, which represents what served as the local Presbyterian church. The Old Monmouth Presbyterian Church was organized in 1746. Although it was originally situated on Wood's Creek, a hewn timber structure on Whistle Creek was built in 1767, and was known, locally as Hall's Meeting House. The wooden structure was replaced by a stone structure in 1789, and the name was changed to the Monmouth Presbyterian Church. A year later it was renamed as the Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.240 It was here that William Hall was eventually buried.

      In June 1763, William Hall served as a testator in a yet another Borden land sale, this time involving a 100-acre plot on Walker Creek sold to Alexander Govouck. This land can be found on the Borden map, as well as James Coulter's land, which is described as lying opposite this tract. While no William Robinson (another adjacent landowner in this entry,) can be found on the Borden map, John and Matthew Robinson hold land in this vicinity, so William is probably a son of one of them. About a week later, William Hall purchased a 346-acre tract of Borden land, which can be located on the Borden map. The description notes that it is adjacent to Crawford's land, which was described above in another land transaction.21

      In 1765 there are another set of vestry records, although, this time, William Hall was not a processioner. These two processioning records could either represent properties of two William Halls i.e. William Hall and his son, or two separate sets of properties owned by the elder William Hall. In the first processioning record, there are 31 property owners, eight of which are known Borden Grant owners, and another eight appear to be relatives of original owners. In the second set, out of a total of 40 property owners processioned, 16 were original Borden Grant purchasers, and seven have the same surname as original owners.

      On 16 September 1765, William Hall made two large land purchases, totaling 890 acres, on tributaries of the James River. One is an unnamed branch of the James, but the other is described as being on Cedar Creek (Figure 16). A later entry shows that both properties were located along Cedar Creek.

      In May 1766, John and William Hall were selected to assist in what appears to be road work. Since John and William Hall are known sons of William Hall, the William Hall of this entry may actually represent William's son.21,132 Several months later, William, Sr. sold 175 acres of land to his son William, Jr. This entry also notes that William Hall had purchased two tracts of land in 1761, totaling 890 acres, along Cedar Creek in the forks of the James River. On the 20th of November 1766, William sold land to another son, Nathaniel. The next year, in 1767, William Hall was listed among other landowners in the parish vestry books. Samuel McClure, John Gilmer (Gilmore) and the Paxton family are landowners from this list that can be found on the Borden map. In March of 1767, William Hall served as a testator in a land sale from Robert Poague to his son, that, apparently, was outside the Borden Grant.

      The next two entries represent additional sales of the lands owned by William and Jenny Hall in the fork of the James River. While none of the neighbors noted in these records can be found on the Borden map, William McKee can be found in Augusta County records as owning land adjacent to a 440 acre tract purchased by John Summers from Borden in 1768, and a John McKee owned land not far away, on Gilmer Creek.21 This property is not far from the William Hall properties. In addition, one of the testators was Nathaniel McClure, a local Borden landowner. In March 1768, William Hall's Mill is mentioned, which must be the land and mill he had purchased from James Young near where Whistle Creek emptied into the James River. Halbert McClure is noted in this entry, and his property can be located nearby on the Borden map. Two additional vestry records from 18 March 1768 mention William Hall. In the first, a processioning replacement is named for William Hall, while the second entry records the names of property owners who had their land processioned, including William Hall. In this entry, there are no original Borden land purchasers and only three surnames of original landowners listed.

      Several months later in May 1768, William Hall served as a constable, and the following fall, two Negroes, George and Pall, were jailed for robbing William Hall's house. At the beginning of August 1768, James Campbell, who owned land opposite the James River from William Hall, sold his property, which is described as being located at the mouth of Whistle Creek on the James River. This location can be easily verified on the Borden map. Hall's Mill is mentioned again in this entry. William Hall served as a testator in another land transaction about a week later, and about a week later, William and Jenny sold another 100 acres of land in this same area described as the fork of the James. In August of 1769, William Hall is mentioned as having provided a bond, probably in a land transaction, and a month later he appraised the estate of Robert Allison, probably related to John Allison, who owned land just across the James River from William Hall's 1743 Borden land purchase.

      The first entry for William Hall in the 1770s records a 45-acre land purchase in the fork of the James River adjacent to some land he already owned. In 1770 a large portion of Augusta County was split off to form Botetourt County with part of the new border being drawn near the Borden/Beverley Grant boundaries. For the next two years, the tax lists for all county residents were drawn up, so William Hall, suddenly appears in Botetourt County records after being an Augusta County citizen since he arrived in the area in the early 1740s. The 1770/1771 Botetourt County tithable list notes that William Hall has one tithable (meaning one male over the age of 21 lives n the household). He also, apparently, turned in seven scalps, presumably derived from killings of members of the local American Indian population.241,242,243,244 Since William Hall passed away within a year or so, and noted in his will (which he wrote only a year later) that he was in "a low state of health" it is quite possible that the William Hall of this entry represents a son with the same given name. On the other hand, the description of James Trimbles' tax district, where William Hall was recorded, appears to be the same area where he can be traced through the land transactions noted above. William Hall wrote his will in December of 1772, naming his wife Jean, and his children: Andrew, John, William, Nathaniel and James Hall, Agnes Berry and Isabel Buchanan. The will was proved the following February, so William passed away in the interim. In late 1779, William's son (Andrew Hall) and son in law (George Berry) sold off some of the land they had inherited from William. Two final entries for William Hall can be found from court cases in the early 1800s. In the 1803 entry, William Hall is noted as having purchased a tract of land in 1752. The 1815 case noted that William Hall purchased his first Borden tract in 1741 or 1742, but did not receive the deed until 1743, which is the date recorded on the Borden map.



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